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November 13, 2004.1:22PM PST (GMT-8)
Whats happening everyone. I'm going to try something a little different today. Since I have a few things I have to get done I am going to post something, then do other things then come back and post some more. We'll keep a running time count.
I found this story as a link to my own site. I can look at stats that tell me how people got to The H.L. Site. It's listing this as one of the links. I don't see my site on it anywhere but it was a great posting story. Its from the New York Times. This is right out of Full Metal Jacket. Unbelievable.
Hard Lesson in Battle: 150 Marines Meet 1 SniperPhoto:Ashley Gilbertson
By DEXTER FILKINS
FALLUJA, Iraq, Nov. 10- American marines called in two airstrikes on the pair of dingy three-story buildings squatting along Highway 10 on Wednesday, dropping 500-pound bombs each time. They fired 35 or so 155-millimeter artillery shells, 10 shots from the muzzles of Abrams tanks and perhaps 30,000 rounds from their automatic rifles. The building was a smoking ruin. But the sniper kept shooting.
He - or they, because no one can count the flitting shadows in this place - kept 150 marines pinned down for the better part of a day. It was a lesson on the nature of the enemy in this hellish warren of rubble-strewn streets. Not all of the insurgents are holy warriors looking for martyrdom. At least a few are highly trained killers who do their job with cold precision and know how to survive.
"The idea is, he just sits up there and eats a sandwich," said Lt. Andy Eckert, "and we go crazy trying to find him."
H.L.s Take: Did they learn nothing from Viet Nam? If they would have seen Full Metal Jacket They would have known to expect this. If a whole Marine Platoon cant beat one "Insurgent" How can they ever win the war?. Or, do they really want to?
More in about an hour
Check out this comic from In Contempt
Heres a story that tells the many ways an election can be stolen, and Bush used them all
More on the dirty work of the election
Ok thats it for today, see ya manana H.L.
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